Palliative care is comprehensive treatment for the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illnesses. It works with a patient’s main treatment and can be given along with all other medical care. Palliative care is typically provided by a multidisciplinary team that works with the patient, family, and the patient’s other healthcare providers to offer medical, social, emotional, and practical support. The team can include palliative care specialist doctors and nurses, social workers, nutritionists, chaplains, and others.
Who can benefit from palliative care?
- Anyone living with a serious illness, such as heart failure, COPD, cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and many others.
- Older people having a lot of general discomfort and disability.
- People undergoing curative treatments, regardless of the prognosis.
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